Artist Talks

Looking for Honey Ants, restricted with Julia Nangala Robertson from Restricted images made with the Warlpiri from Central Australia - Patrick Waterhouse

01.03.2019 | Reclaiming Narratives


Debate with Patrick Waterhouse and Otto Jungarrayi Sims (Restricted Images) and Aminata Ndow and Mohamed Barrie (and the curators and organisers of Black History Month Antwerp)

Patrick Waterhouse and Otto Jungarrayi Sims and Aminata Ndow and Mohamed Barrie, will talk about the process of reclaiming your own history and revisioning colonial narratives.

Waterhouse’s Restricted Images is a long-term project about agency and representation. Since 2011, he has been collecting documents to create an extensive archive of colonial representations of Australia, from 1770 to the present day. In 2015 he took this archive to the Central desert of Australia and began working with local Warlpiri artists at the Warlukurlangu Art Center. During this time Waterhouse also took photographs in the communities. The local artists appropriated both the historical collection and his photographs by using the traditional Aboriginal technique of dotpainting. In doing so they revised their own representation, renegotiating the politics of who gets to decide what is seen and what is kept hidden.

March 2019 is the second edition of Black History Month in Antwerp (BHM). This month is centered around black art as a sign of resistance and a way to liberation. BHM launched an open call to young, gifted and black people to reflect on the word freedom and to express this in photography: ‘What does freedom mean to you as Afro-Belgian?’. A selection of these photographs will be shown in the entrance hall at FOMU during Black History Month 2019.

Information on the speakers:

▶ Patrick Waterhouse (b. 1981) is a British artist whose work spans photography, drawing, journalism, graphic design, sculpture and other disciplines. His practice involves in-depth research, often working in communities and collaborating with other artists, researchers and writers. His work is held in major public and private collections worldwide, including the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York; The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany. This new collaborative project is the first major body of work Waterhouse has created since his 2015 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize-winning project Ponte City (with Mikhael Subotzky).

▶ Otto Jungarrayi Sims was born in 1960 at Yuendumu, an Aboriginal community about 290km northwest of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Otto paints his father, Paddy Japaljarri Sims’, stories – they were passed down to Paddy by his parents, and their parents before them for millennia. These stories relate directly to Otto’s country at Kunajarrayi and Yanjilpirri. Otto has painted for the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation since 1990, and was elected to its executive committee in 2002 and as Chairman of the Art Centre in 2008.

▶ Aminata Ndow (23) is a history student born to Belgian and Gambian parents. Her interest in the intersection of history, philosophy, arts and critical theory allows her to tap into an archive of issues concerning memory practices and (in)justice in the global south.

▶ Mohamed Barrie (’91) has a BA in Social Work. The past years he has been contributing mostly in Antwerp through his work as a writer (journalist – columnist) , youth worker, DJ-Selector and organizer of events both in the cultural and youthwork scenes.

Date & time: Friday 1 March 2019 at 18.00-19.30
Location: FOMU - Fotomuseum Antwerp, Waalsekaai 47, 2000 Antwerp
Pricing: €5, €3 (-26), free (FOMU Friends en Academy)
Language: English

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